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Mmm Mmm Fall

I have never blogged twice in one day, but the Hearts at Home Third Thursday Blog Hop (  is calling for fall recipes.   After a year without fall, I had to dive in.

Aunt Marsha's Green Beans
I know I raved about The Green Beans a few blogs ago, but these come mighty close.  My daughter, Bethany, got this recipe from her college room mate who credits her Aunt Marsha. 

2 cans green beans (any cut you like)                      1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, melted                                                   1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt                                                       1 tsp dried basil

Drain green bean liquid into saucepan.  Boil 5 minutes.  Add beans and simmer one hour, uncovered. 
Meanwhile mix butter with garlic salt, salt, pepper and basil. Toss with green beans and serve hot. 

Nana's Amazin' Raisin Cake
This is originally called Hellman's Amazin Raisin but my mother made it so much that our family renamed it.  It was so thick that she used her hands to mix in the apples, raisins and nuts, and I can still see her hands dripping with batter.   Recipe credit still goes to Hellman's, of course. 

3 cups flour                                                   1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups sugar                                                  1/2 tsp salt
1 cup Hellman's mayo                                  1/4 tsp cloves
1/3 cup milk                                                    3 cups chopped, peeled Granny Smith apples
2 eggs                                                             1 cup raisins
2 tsp baking soda                                          1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Grease 2 8-inch round cake pans.  Mix first ten ingredients at low speed 2 minutes.  Stir in apples, nuts and raisins.  Divide between pans and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean.  Cool ten minutes then remove and cool completely.  Frost tops only with Cool Whip or fresh whipping cream, then layer.  

Southern Hoe Cake
With just three ingredients, you won't believe how it tastes. 

2 cup self rising flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening (like Crisco)
Vegetable oil

Coat 8 inch cake pan with oil and put in 425 degree oven to heat.  Meanwhile, cut shortening into flour. Pour in milk and stir until wet.  Pour batter into heated pan and cook 15-20 minutes.

Pumpkin Bars
This is Paula Deen's recipe, y'all. 

4 eggs
1  2/3 cup sugar
1 cup veg oil
1 15 oz can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder 
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp baking soda
Cream cheese frosting of your choice.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix first 4 ingredients until light and fluffy.  Mix dry ingredients separately and slowly combine til butter is smooth.  Bake 30 minutes in 13 x 9 inch pan.  Cool and frost.

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